Many people look upon their emotional state with resignation: “This is just the way I am” or “I guess I’ll have to live with it, because this is as good as it gets.” Others believe that while there may be a way to make essential changes, one has to be either very spiritual or wealthy enough to afford the best professional help. “Emotional health,” one girl told me, “is a remote ideal that many people want but very few people achieve.”
My definition of emotional health is having total peace about who your are, what you’re doing, both individually and in relationship to those around you. In other words, it’s feeling totally at peace about the past, present, and future of your life. It’s knowing that you’re in line with God’s ultimate purpose for you and being fulfilled in that. When you have that kind of peace and you no longer live in emotional agony, then you are success.
In contrast to what many people think, emotional health is just as practical and attainable as physical health. If you don’t feed your body the right food, you will become ill and die. Spiritually, emotionally, and mentally, you have to be fed and cared for properly, or that part of you gets sick and dies a slow death. Proper exercise for the mind and emotions is just as beneficial as exercise for the body, but most people tend not to think of it that way.
seven steps to emotional health
Your mind and emotions, like your physical body, need to be freed from stress, fed properly, exercised, cleansed, nurtured, retrained, exposed to freshness and light, and given rest. Here are seven steps that will help you to do all these things.
- Release the past – confess to God the times you have failed and release the times others have failed you by moving in full forgiveness.
- Live in obedience – understand that God’s rules are for your benefit, and try to the best of your knowledge to live His way, knowing that every step of obedience brings you closer to total wholeness.
- Find deliverance – recognize who your enemy is, and separate yourself from anything that separates you from God or keeps you from becoming all He made you to be.
- Seek total restoration – refuse to accept less than all God has for you, and remember that finding wholeness is an ongoing process.
- Receive God’s gifts – acknowledge the gifts God has given to you, and take the steps necessary to receive them.
- Reject the pitfalls – avoid getting free of the negative traps and deceptions that rob you of life.
- Stand strong – believe that as long as you stand with God and don’t give up, you win.
These seven steps are really natural laws that work for our benefit when we live in harmony with them. Living the right way generates life, no matter who we are or what our circumstances. Likewise, doing the wrong thing lead to death. You don’t learn the seven steps in a week; they are a way of life. Understanding them with your mind will influence the state of your heart, which will affect your emotions and ultimately your entire life. We didn’t master these steps overnight – the plan will be as reliable and consistent as you are in following it. Walk through the seven steps with you just as your journey toward emotional health. Together we will take it a step at a time.
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